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Who I Am...


Lea Floden, College BFA & MFA audition coach

In NYC, when I finished my Meisner training with the legendary William Esper, he said, “Don’t stop here. Go. Work with other teachers. Other methods. Learn as much as you can.” 

I followed his advice, and went on to work with Stella Adler, Uta Hagen, LAMDA’s Norman Ayrton some great Actor’s Studio method coaches (including Sondra Seacat), and also studied Michael Chekhov, Viewpoints, Loyd Williamson, Fitzmaurice, Linklater and Alexander.I   My teaching methods are also greatly influenced by director/teacher R. Stuart White, director (& husband) Dan Bonnell, and in recent years, by the teachings of Elizabeth Kemp and Kim Gillingham.

I had the great luck to work with artists like Eartha Kitt, and the RSC's co-founder ad Shakespeare teacher John Barton.  

I spent many years at the historic Circle Repertory Company (NY home of David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams, and Lanford Wilson, as well as its visionary artistic director Marshall W. Mason and other great directors such as Joe Mantello, and actors including Jeff DanielsAlec Baldwin, Mary Louise Parker, John Malkovich and on and on.  

Today, I coach students in Los Angeles, and around the country and world via Skype.  My students appear regularly on film, television and stage, and areaccepted into the best college conservatories, have gotten into the world's best acting schools (Juilliard, LAMDA, RADA, etc.),.  They are also consistent winners of Young Arts, August Wilson and Spotlight Awards, as well as Presidential Scholar nominees and winners. 

I teach classes both online and in person, currently in Altadena, CA, where classes remain very small.  I also Skype with students across the country, have regular online classes for students in the UK,  and am available to do master classes in other cities.


 I am on the faculty of the prestigious Colburn School of Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles, where I co-teach both an Acting and Singing Class and a College/High School Audition Only Musical Theatre Intensive.  CLICK HERE for Schedule of Classes, and HERE for the Colburn Faculty Bio.

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